While we are not in a permanent facility, just yet. There is a group of veterans we do provide care to on a regular basis. I have written about Curtis, our first extended family member.
Curtis served the United States Army stationed in the Phillipines. He also worked as a bus driver for the city of New York. He moved to New Mexico because he had heard the VA hospital here was one of the tops in the nation. Between November, 2012 and late January of this year, we made at least two trips a week to the VA hospital here in Albuquerque. At each turn, we were told no one could find any disease, nothing. All the while Curtis was declining in health.
About a month ago, I took Curtis to my primary care physican. She immediately got him into a heart specialist that very day. The seriousness of the matter showed on her face. That afternoone we went to see Dr. Taylor, one of the top five heart specialist in the USA. Dr. Taylor immediately began the paperwork for Curtis to have a pacemaker. Two days later I had to call emergency services to Curtis's apartment as his health had degraded to the point he could no longer stand or walk. Curtis was taken to the heart hospital where a pacemaker was installed. Five days later he was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital where he remains awaiting the time he is able to return home.
The reason I share this story is it is not a lone instance. Since meeting Curtis and becoming involved with his health care I have met three other veterans who are, or were, in very similair situations.
No matter who we are. No matter where we live in the United States, we have a responsability to the men and women who have signed on to serve this country to the point of giving up their very lives to protect the Homeland and defend the Constitution and freedoms enjoyed in this country. To allow health care for our veterans to degrade to the point of causing them harm is just not acceptable.